Few people will be surprised by the news that Stephen Koseff, the CEO of globalising banking group Investec, was named the winner in the Southern African chapter of the Ernst & Young (EY)World Entrepreneur Awards.
Koseff was named last night as winner in the Master Category of the EY World Entrepreneur Awards. He will now compete with other regional winners from around the world for the global trophy.
Koseff was flanked by Hassen Adams, Executive Chairman of Grand Parade Investments, who was named winner in the Exceptional Entrepreneur category. Rob Stokes, Founder and CEO of Quirk was named winner in the Emerging Entrepreneur category.
The EY statement said Koseff will fly the Southern African flag high alongside his West and Eastern African counterparts next year when he competes at the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year event in Monte Carlo. “He will vie against country winners from an expected 50 nations. The global programme celebrates the achievements of outstanding entrepreneurs and ensures that their contribution to their country’s economic and social progress is widely recognised and honoured. It is considered one of the world’s premier business awards akin to the business Oscars globally”.
Ajen Sita, EY CEO for Africa said “Entrepreneurship is the cornerstone of any vibrant and growing economy. Any country looking at raising the living standards of its people supports and encourages entrepreneurship. EY supports entrepreneurship on our continent and the world because that is the only way to set countries on true economic sustainability and long term growth paths. I salute our 2014 winners and all the finalists; they are our everyday heroes that change people’s lives.
CJ Kujenga, EY Africa Leader for the World Entrepreneur Awards said “As EY we would like to congratulate our winners and all our finalists. We appreciate their efforts and dedication to the programme. It is through their commitment that this programme is successful every year. We are truly humbled to be associated with them.”
On the profile of Koseff the EY statement said cited his academic credentials as BCom, CA(SA), H.Dip. BDP and an MBA. Koseff’s business profile is all about JSE and London listed Investec which he serves CEO. “He also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Investec Ltd and Investec Bank Limited. He has been an Executive Director of Investec Bank Limited since June 30, 1990. He joined Investec in 1980. He serves as a Director of Investec Securities Ltd., Investec … Asset Management, Investec Bank (Israel) Limited, Investec Bank (UK) Limited, JSE Limited, Bidvest Group Ltd., Fedsure Holdings Ltd., and Ubank Ltd.
He serves as a Non-Executive Director at Investec Bank plc. He serves as a Non Executive Director of Investec Bank (Australia) Limited, Rensburg Sheppards plc, Investec Finance plc and of Rensburg Fund Management Ltd”.
About Adams the EY statement said he is known as the man who brought Burger King to South Africa.
“He has a H. Dip. Civil Engineering (PenTech), Prof. Tech. Eng. and has been the Executive Chairman of Grand Parade Investments Limited since February 11, 2011. He is a Consulting Engineer and a founding Member of GPI”.
Hassen Adams serves as the Chairman of Sunwest International. He also serves as Director of Cape Town Fish Market, Retail Corporation, Gold Circle and Grindrod Limited”.
GPI is a black owned JSE listed company owning investments and operation in the South African gaming and leisure industry. Since its establishment in 1997, the company has positioned itself as a formidable player in the industry. Its investments include Grande West Casino and Table Bay Hotel.”
About Stokes the EY statement said he is the founder and CEO of Quirk, Africa’s largest full service online marketing agency established in 1999 and now South Africa’s 4th biggest advertising agency according to AdReview.
“It has achieved incredible growth, doubling revenue year on year for the last three years and at one stage, adding a new member of staff every three days in 2011.
He is also the owner and founder of a number of technology and software businesses, including Quirk, Brands Eye and Idea Bounty. Furthermore, Rob was the first Chairman of the Silicon Cape Initiative, an organisation created to promote technology entrepreneurship in the Western Cape.”